Hanging baskets green up a pergola or patio fast, but for a lush effect in front of a wall or fence, planters work better.
Lengths of PVC guttering make great lightweight hanging planters and can be cut down to any size to suit the available space.
Choose shallow-rooted species that don’t need deep pots, or those that can be planted close together, like ferns.
Trailing plants are ideal, as they cascade over the side, obscuring the white plastic.
Strawberries are always a popular option for gutter planters.
Use chain to hang the gutter planters in pairs near a wall or fence.
Measure and cut 3.6m lengths of white plastic quad guttering into 1200mm lengths using a hacksaw.
Roughen the edges with 180 grit paper to provide a key for the adhesive.
TIP: To colour the planters, a product like Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint is suitable for plastic.